Business Opportunites

The economy is based on primary industry, with the emphasis clearly on broad scale agriculture.  The function of the town of Boyup Brook is as an agricultural service centre, with it’s associated complement of secondary industry (manufacturing) and tertiary or service industry (commerce and government).


Several commercial activities directly associated with the district’s primary production are established within the town site.  These include the CBH grain terminal, machinery dealers, agricultural suppliers, stock agents, livestock transporters and real estate agents.  


Council’s Philosophy in Economic Development


Council is committed to the promotion of Boyup Brook and the district as a preferred location for enterprise development and economic investment in the region. Council will assist enterprises that add value to the district’s strengths and/or are innovative or technologically advanced to remain and prosper, or establish in Boyup Brook.


In order to achieve the above objectives, Council believes that:


SPIRIT CORRESPONDS WITH SUCCESS


We will leverage our resources and forge partnerships that deliver results. Successful economic development begins with people. Our belief is that the process of working out an agreement includes a sincere commitment towards a mutually satisfactory outcome.


Our economic development philosophy is simple: New business development is the result of public and private relationships which are based on trust, understanding, respect, and friendship. The world is changing. As our region looks for new ways to prosper in this global economy, we recognise the urgent need to support our industries most challenged by competitive pressures. At the same time, our economic development efforts will continue to encourage diversification.


Economic development is both a process and a program which promotes a self supporting local economy by creating jobs in a variety of employment opportunities; maintains and enhances the general business climate; increases business activity; expands and diversifies the rates base to support and finance necessary infrastructure and community services. It must serve to maintain and further enrich the community's quality of life.


The Shire of Boyup Brook vigorously seeks opportunities to help the private sector build the local economy through commercial, industrial, or residential projects. Special consideration is given to economic development projects which will create new jobs, increase property values, and/or generate new revenue within the community.


Boyup Brook Shire - Advantages


Advantages of Locating Business in Boyup Brook includes:

  • a Shire Council who seeks new business enterprise
  • location at geographical centre of the Blackwood River basin 
  • quality of life town/region has to offer
  • clean, pollution-free environment
  • proximity to local agricultural industry
  • local sales prospects
  • good location relative to other major regional centres
  • reliable water, electricity and gas supplies
  • accessible transport
  • land is not expensive
  • room for expansion
  • presence of key linked industries
  • quality and supply of local labour force
  • reliable transport to markets
  • housing available for employees
  • availability of District High School and private school
  • costs of setting up businesses are often cheaper than the city
  • sports facilities
  • friendly people


Boyup Brook Shire - Agriculture


The following information is drawn from ‘A Feasibility Report & Business Plan for a Topoclimate Project ©.


Agriculture continues to be the major component of Boyup Brook’s economy.  The main activities are sheep, cattle and pig farming, cereal cropping and canola oil seeds.  The 1994/95 Agriculture census data indicated that the total area of holding is 225,996 hectares and is held by 259 surveyed establishments.


Table 1 - Major Agricultural Components

 

Establishments

(Number)

Total Area of

Establishments

(,000 ha)

Crops

(,000 ha)

Sheep & Lambs

(,000)

1984-85 301 209.4 27.7 858.5
1989-90 253 201.3 13.9 1067.5
1994-95 259 226.0 20.6 908.3

 

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Cat. No. 7113.5 (1996)


The fluctuations in the crop area and sheep numbers are due largely to changes in commodity prices.  At the time of the census, 1994-95, wool prices were low whilst grain prices provided the opportunity for good profit margins.


Table 2   Grain Production for 1994-95 (hectares planted, tonnes produced, % growing)

  Wheat Oats Barley Lupins Canola
Hectares Planted (ha) 700 5962 4518 2201 4069
Tonnes (t) 1499 13251 11804 2574 5921
% of growers 4.6% 51.7% 31.7% 16.2% 22.7%


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Cat. No. 7113.5 (1996)


Table 3   Livestock Numbers (,000)

  Beef Cattle Dairy Cattle Sheep Pigs Deer
1989-90 12.8 0.8 1067.5 5.8  
1994-95 20.4 0.7 908.3 6.5 2.1
Sales 1994-95 7.7   305.3 7.9 0.6

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Cat. No. 7113.5


The Shire still has a very strong agricultural base (Figure 1) with 79% of its total land committed to farming. However, in the last decade, blue gum planting has increased dramatically (Figure 2) causing concern about the loss of broad acre farmland to plantations.

Agricultural baseBlue Gum Plantings per Annum

The Shire is currently dominated by wool production and cereal crops (Figure 3) while smaller scale agricultural operations exist for beef, vegetables, and pigs. The major agricultural trends within the Shire over recent years are a decrease in wool production accompanied by a moderate increase in cereal crop production (Figure 4, 5), as well as blue gum plantings (Figure 2).


Figure 3.  Gross value of agricultural                                    Figure 4.  Trends in wool production

Gross Value of AgriculturalWool Production Trend

Cereal Crops

Boyup Brook Shire - Business Help

The Boyup Brook Shire will help facilitate business expansion, relocation or start-up on a case-by-case basis. The Shire takes a flexible approach to help facilitate business to establish. Enterprises establishing in Boyup Brook are already advantaged by lower land costs, lower costs of living and Boyup Brook regional location to the to the southwest.


Information and advice is available from the Shire office about:

  • access to various levels of government
  • council approval processes
  • where to go for support, information and assistance
  • access to Boyup Brook promotional material (brochures, etc)
  • promotion of "buy locally" campaigns
  • provision of statistical information (i.e. economic, demographic and social) and general information on Boyup Brook


Business Enterprise Centre (BEC)


The role of the BEC is to facilitate business development and growth within the local community. The BEC can provide assistance in:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Business planning
  • Market research
  • Trade information


Boyup Brook Shire - Markets


Boyup Brook forms the centre for a population of over 35,000 people, all within approximately a 70 minute radius of the town.


Adjacent population centres – Population (2015 Local Government Directory) 

Bridgetown 4,662
Collie 9,656
Cranbrook 1,071
Donnybrook-Balingup 5,849
Kojonup 1,999
Manjimup 9,404
West Artthur 904
SUB-TOTAL 33,545
   
Boyup Brook 1,625
TOTAL 35,170

 

The Country Music Festival and Awards, which occurs in February each year, attracts over 4,000 visitors to Boyup Brook.


Regulations and licensing


Boyup Brook is serviced by the Small Business Centre Warren Blackwood Inc., working out of Manjimup. Contact: Louise Kingston on 08-9771 2699 or louise@businessassistance.com.au

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